Overdoses, bedsores, broken bones: What happened when a private-equity firm sought to care for society’s most vulnerable

Roughly 25,000 patients were exposed to increasing health risks at an underfunded nursing-home chain, an investigation from The Washington Post found.  The ManorCare chain was owned by Carlyle Group, one of the wealthiest private-equity firms in the world. ManorCare had struggled financially until it filed for bankruptcy in March, and in the previous five years,…

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Evidence surfaces in inmate death, report sparks open records action at Texas Capitol

When 21-year-old Herman Titus died in custody at a Texas county jail, his mother wanted to know why.  When she tried to get information from the sheriff’s and county attorney’s offices, officials cited an obscure loophole to the Texas Public Information Act and blocked her request.  An investigation from KXAN found that the same loophole…

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Selling senior care: Costly dementia care failing to keep Oregon seniors safe

The Oregonian spent more than a year investigating memory care in Oregon, where over 100,000 records and accounts from hundreds of memory care workers and families showed evidence of abuse, high prices and understaffing. Confirmed cases of abuse are more than twice as prevalent in memory care facilities as they are in other types of Oregon…

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Toothless Texas inmates denied dentures in state prison

An investigation from the Houston Chronicle found inmates without teeth in the Texas prison system are often denied dentures on the premise they aren’t medically necessary. Instead, prisons opt to feed inmates pureed meals. In a population of more than 149,000 inmates in 2016, prison medical providers approved giving out 71 dentures. The Chronicle heard…

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Washington psychiatric hospital described as “hell”

An Associated Press investigation has found that hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages.

Failing drinking water systems and lax oversight risk public health

A PennLive investigation uncovered serious failures in drinking water systems statewide as well as severely deficient staffing at the state agency tasked with ensuring those systems operate safety. When state inspectors did find problems, the violations were seldom followed up with formal enforcement action. Combined, these factors risk the health of some 10 million Pennsylvanians…

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Families confront dementia and guns

A four-month Kaiser Health News investigation uncovered dozens of cases across the United States in which people with dementia used guns to shoot themselves or others. From news reports, court records, hospital data and public death records, KHN found 15 homicides and more than 60 suicides since 2012, although there are likely more. The shooters…

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As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

An investigation by Kaiser Health News and the USA TODAY Network discovered that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after in-and-out procedures at surgery centers across the country. Dozens — some as young as 2 — have perished after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies, because surgery centers are not equipped with…

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Young people with severe autism languish in hospitals

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home — are…

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